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INTERVIEW: Ursae

Hi Andrew, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Not bad, not bad.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “So Green Her Eyes”?

So it imagines death, rather than this like, folkloric hooded figure, as just a girl I knew in high school who I really liked – who in retrospect would’ve probably made me hella miserable if we went out.  So the whole song just builds on that analogy, that something like death might look appealing from far away at a certain time in your life, but, y’no, she might also turn out to be hella mean, and uh, you just gotta really look out for yourself.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Kind of, yeah – I was at a party, and I don’t remember the context but I overheard someone use the phrase “flirt with death” in conversation.  And obviously that’s an expression I’d heard before, but for some reason in that moment it just struck me as a really bizarre idiom.  It’s so absurd when you think about it, just the idea of tryna look suave in front the grim reaper and being like, “So, you come here often?”  That image really stayed with me, I thought it was hilarious.  So “I flirt with death” became the first line of the song.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Anything is possible.

How was the recording and writing process?

I recorded most of the EP at NYU for my senior capstone (and they let me graduate, somehow), so even though it was super stressful at times, they have these incredible studios, and it was such a luxury to get to work in them.  I did all the recording and most of the playing myself, just really labored over every detail.  I tend to micromanage the shit out of everything, so I love getting to produce my own songs.

What other styles are you playing with and blending on this material?

Most of what I recorded for the EP is pretty textural, some of it’s kind of meditative.  But then “So Green Her Eyes” is definitely this like, super guitar-driven, straight-ahead track.  It’s funny because I initially wanted the EP to sound really modern, like I was listening to a lot of James Blake and Björk before and during production, and feeling super inspired by their arrangement choices and sense of color.  But it kind of inadvertently came out closer to a lot of music I liked in high school, like Modest Mouse, Death Cab, or Grizzly Bear, at least in terms of performance and palette.

What else is happening next in Ursae’s world?

I got some more music coming out in the next couple weeks, and my band and I are rehearsing like crazy for some upcoming shows.  I’m just hella stoked to finally get this music out so I can start working on whatever’s next.

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